Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that Broadway shows would be allowed to reopen in New York on September 14. “Broadway is at the heart of our New York identity, and a large part of our economy which employs countless performers and creators, and from September the show will continue,” he said. “Visitors from all over the world have come to New York City to experience arts and culture and see iconic Broadway shows, and sadly, the pandemic has put this unique New York experience on hold. Fortunately, as we continue to monitor the data and reopen our economy, we are now on track to allow full capacity performances on Broadway to resume in September, bringing back this beloved, world-famous attraction. “
Tickets were able to go on sale on Thursday with venues sold out at 100% capacity, but it’s unclear how many shows were ready to make tickets immediately available.
Shows will be allowed to decide on their own entry requirements, as if people have to prove they’ve been vaccinated, and allow them to sell each seat is designed to gauge interest before stages open, said Robert Mujica, Cuomo’s budget manager.
They can then determine, based on demand, how and when to reopen.
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“Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest-running show, said on Wednesday it would resume performances on October 22, with tickets on sale Friday. More shows are expected to circle return dates in the coming weeks. .
Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and theater managers, issued a statement in support of the move.
“Today’s news means we are one step closer to safely reopening not only Broadway, but jobs for thousands of workers in the New York area,” said the executive director. Mary McColl. “We look forward to continuing our conversations with the Broadway League on a safe reopening and we know that soon the time will come when members can start doing what they do best again, creating world-class theater. “
The Broadway that will reopen will be different.
In May, the big-budget Disney musical “Frozen” decided not to reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been brought down by the coronavirus pandemic. The producers of “Mean Girls” have also decided not to reboot.
But there will be new shows, including Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s “Pass Over” which is set to reopen the August Wilson Theater, the same venue “Mean Girls” left. And a Shubert theater has been promised for playwright Keenan Scott II’s play “Thoughts of a Colored Man”.
The lifting of all capacity restrictions has long been viewed by the industry as crucial to any reopening plan since the Broadway economy demands full capacity of venues. Some off-Broadway shows have already reopened with limited capacity.
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All theaters in the city closed abruptly on March 12, 2020, eliminating all shows, including 16 that were still scheduled to open.
Some shows scheduled for spring 2020 – such as a musical about Michael Jackson and a cover of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker – have pushed their productions until 2021. But others have abandoned their shots, including “Hangmen” and an Edward Albee cover of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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